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NSU RO80

NSU RO80

The world's first production Wankel-engined saloon. Caused quite a stir when first announced. Roadholding was excellent but engine reliabilty was initally a great let-down.

RO80

1967 NSU RO80

Drag coefficient was a very low 0.355.

NSU Sport Prinz

NSU Sport Prinz

Sportprinz

NSU Sport Prinz

The Sport Prinz was designed at Bertone studios by Franco Scaglione

NSU Sport Prinz

1959 NSU Sport Prinz

 

Prinz Coupe

220 (W187)

220 (W187)

The 220, introduced at the Frankfurt motor show in 1951, was fitted with a 2195 cc six-cylinder engine that gave the car 80 hp. Bodywork was essentially the same as the 170 S, except for the headlamps now having been integrated into the wings.

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220

 

230 SL "Pagoda Roof" (W113)

230 SL "Pagoda Roof" (W113)

The 230 was the successor to both the 190 SL and the 300 SL and was perceived by many as a bit of a compromise. Its unusual roof -lower in the centre than at the edges- soon earned the car the epithet 'pagoda roof' because of its similarity with oriental temples.

300 (W186, W189)

300 (W186, W189)

The 300 (1951 - 1962) was fitted with a modern 6-cylinder 2996 cc engine. The elegant bodywork rested upon what was essentially a pre-war chassis, although suitably modified. The headlamps were integrated into the wings giving the car a modern look. One of the most remarkable features was the rear suspension that could be modified by a switch on the dashboard to accomodate heavier loads.

300 S (W188)

300 S (W188)

Mercedes-Benz introduced these elegant models in 1952. From 1955 onwards MB gave the cars fuel injection, a modified rear axle, two chrome strips on the side of the bonnet and called it the 300 Sc.

300 SL (W198)

300 SL (W198)

The 300 SL was sold as a roadster and as a coupé with the famous gull-wing doors. After numerous successes in motor racing events, the road-going SL went into production in 1954.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

 

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

 

1969 model range

1969 model range
1969 Model range

1969 Model range

A Mercedes-Benz family portrait

Fintail models (W110, W111, W112)

Fintail models (W110, W111, W112)

The Fintail body (Heckflosse) was introduced in 1959, finally replacing the aging Ponton in 1961. Mercedes offered both four-cylinder and six-cylinder models. The four-cylinder 190 can be easily identified by its round headlamps, as opposed to the large, vertical units used on the sixes.

Ponton models (W120, W121, W180, W105, W128)

Ponton models (W120, W121, W180, W105, W128)

The Ponton body style was introduced in 1953 as the sucessor to the 170 series. It lasted until 1961 when the Fintail took over.

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